of all the things that seem to be the toughest to teach, composition has to be right at or near the top of the list. there's rules, of course, but i've noticed that some people naturally have an eye for composition and some don't. some can learn it and, for some, it seems to never fall into place. it's like learning to play a musical instrument: at some point the person learning goes from mechanically playing notes to playing music. some have a gift for it and play music almost from the git-go, and some have to work real hard to get there. study the masters and others. pay attention to the cropping/framing they use. decide what you like and emulate it. use the rules (like the rule of thirds and where to cut limbs off and not) and then find ways to break the rules, but in an aesthetically pleasing way. cropping makes a statement. it can add or detract from the message or the "feeling" of an image. sometimes i think its dumb luck when we snap a pic where everything falls into place-- lighting, pose, expression, framing.
here's gigi from the other day. IMO, she conveys some powerful sexuality in this image-- she's a woman in heat. of course, i like to think the stuff i did, cropping, lighting, etc., conveys it as much as she does. okay, maybe not. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]